I have realized something about myself. I don’t do well when I get behind. To be more accurate, if I am not leading or running with the pack, I seem to lose interest, fall further back…and quit.
Whether its something important like working through a Bible reading plan or something meaningless like playing a Words with Friends game, the urge is always the same. When the gap between where I am and where I should be gets too sizable, I have this haunting inclination to walk away.
Most recently I have noticed this with my half-marathon training and fundraising. (Did you remember I am supposed to run a half marathon with Team Compassion in San Diego on June 5? If you did, it’s not because you have heard me talk about it.) My training, well, it’s been pathetic. While I have been exercising, I have not done one long run. And my fundraising is not going any better. As I write this post, I have only raised $5. I know, I said it first, pa-the-tic.
Every fiber in my being is wanting to find a good excuse of why I can’t be in San Diego that weekend. Every fiber in my being is wanting to quit.
But I won’t let myself. I will stay the course and finish the race. Because sometimes it is not all about how you cross the finish line but that you cross the finish line.
Do you struggle with this? How do you keep yourself motivated to stay the course?